We made it through another week! I just keep telling myself, “one week at a time”. Now that we’re cooking so many more meals at home, it’s becoming a bit of a grind to get dinner on the table. What about you? Are you struggling to get dinner on the table each night?
I’d love to hear what your families have been eating. If you feel like sharing, drop a Comment below!
Here’s what we ate for dinner last week:
A Drive + Ice Cream
We just needed to get out of the house, so we decided to go for a drive and get some ice cream. Our destination was Dairy Zone over on the east side of town. (It’s my favorite soft serve in Des Moines). It was a fairly nice day and the line was super LONG, but ice cream is worth it, right? I’m a little embarrassed (very little), but this ended up being our dinner. Everybody was on their own to get something more nutritious. A great start to the week!!!
Tomato Turkey Sausage Lasagna
This is a go-to recipe for me. In fact, it’s the dish I take to friends and neighbors in need. Complete the meal with a nice salad and garlic bread.
12 dried “no boil” lasagna noodles
2 tsp olive oil
2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and onion
2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes – Italian style
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 lb Italian turkey sausage
6 c shredded mozzarella cheese
¾ c shredded Parmesan cheese
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook sausage, breaking it up, until lightly browned. Add, red pepper flakes and cook for another two-three minutes. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer and cook stirring occasionally until thickened about 10-15 minutes. (You should have about 6 cups of sauce.)
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon some of the liquid from the sauce into the bottom of the dish. Fit 4 noodles in the dish side by side. Cover with 2 cups sauce, 2 cups mozzarella, and ¼ cup Parmesan. Repeat two more layers. (There should be 3 layers total.) Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 more minutes. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.
Southwestern Chicken Soup
This recipe is a great alternative to chili. I got to thinking that this might be one of the last times I make this recipe until next fall. It tastes great on a cool evening. Complete the meal and serve it with tortilla chips, shredded cheese and avocado as toppings.
16 oz jar tomato salsa
1 package chili seasoning
1 lb boneless chicken breast
3 c chicken broth
14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 14.5 oz cans of black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
Combine all six ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high 4-5 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker, shred with fork and then add back into soup before serving.
I did have another meal planned for this evening, but we had half a lasagna and a quart of soup sitting in the fridge, so I just couldn’t justify making something else. However, we are horrible leftover eaters. None of us were super pumped, but my fourteen-year-old son flat out refused to eat leftovers, and opted to not eat at all. Fun times!
Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice
I’ve made this Indian Cauliflower and Fried Rice recipe by Better Homes & Gardens a few times now. My husband travels to India often for work and we have really grown to love the flavors of the country. Everybody always comments how great things smell, when I’m cooking Indian inspired dishes. Like many recipes, I’ve tweaked this one, i.e. created a short cut. I use frozen riced cauliflower in lieu of processing the fresh cauliflower. I also like to serve this meal with naan bread. You can find garam masala (and other spices) and naan at Konark Grocers in Urbandale.
We ordered pizza from Marco’s Pizza, AGAIN tonight. We really need to mix it up!
This week it was my son’s turn to choose where to get takeout from. His choice was Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Both he and my daughter really like their chicken fingers. Of course, we don’t always like each other’s restaurant picks, and my husband who is “choosy” about what he eats opted to not order food with us tonight. So it goes!
There you have it. I wouldn’t say this was a banner week of dinners for us. But we made it through, and again nobody went hungry.